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"Reverence for Life"

July 16, 2003

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With You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light. (Psalm 36:9)

Highway travel during holiday weekends or vacation periods can easily end in traffic accidents. That danger is increased when motorists are careless, drive too fast, take to the road when they are overtired, or as the saying goes, “mix gasoline with alcohol.” Such conduct shows low regard for human life.

“Reverence for life” was the working philosophy of Albert Schweitzer, the medical missionary who established a hospital in French Equatorial Africa to save human lives. “Reverence for life” is also good as a guiding principle for all of us to follow as we take to the highways.

We do not possess the right to do with human life as we please, for God is the creator of life! “With You is the fountain of life,” the psalmist declares. My life and the lives of fellow travelers on the highway are a trust from God. As my “brother’s keeper” I am required by God to guard his life as well as my own!

In the Son of God “was life, and that life was the light of men” (John 1:4). That’s a reprise of the words of Psalm 36. Jesus Christ gave His life so that we might have life and have it more abundantly, which means spiritual life leading to eternal life. With His life Jesus redeemed all people, also those who crowd our highways. We have no choice but to show reverence for life.

PRAYER: Father in heaven, You are the giver of life. Help me always to show high regard for my life and the lives of others. Amen.

(Taken from”Our Journey with Jesus” (out of print), copyright 1976, International Lutheran Laymen’s League.)

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